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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of South Dakota
Alison J. Ramsdell, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 10, 2023

Pine Ridge Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy

RAPID CITY - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a Pine Ridge, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 30, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Alex Jaramillo, age 36, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Jaramillo was indicted by a federal grand jury in July of 2021 and pleaded guilty in March of 2023. The conviction stems from Jaramillo conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in South Dakota and elsewhere between March and June of 2021.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.

Jaramillo was immediately remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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